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[Qemu-devel] [Bug 498039] Re: No copy/paste with VNC display with Window

From: Michal Suchanek
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [Bug 498039] Re: No copy/paste with VNC display with Windows guest
Date: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:16:17 -0000

The qxl display and vdagent running in guest do just this.

Unfortunately, the options needed in qemu command line to make vdagent
work with the spice client do not seem to be documented anywhere.

see bug 1452742

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  No copy/paste with VNC display with Windows guest

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Bug description:
  There is no copy/paste functionality between a Windows guest and the
  VNC client.  This is a significant usability problem.

  One work-around is to run VNC inside of the guest.  But that appears
  to have more overhead than qemu's VNC display.

  Obviously, qemu's VNC display is just a display device and knows
  absolutely nothing about the Windows clipboard.  Thus, to interface
  with the guest's clipboard would require a helper app running in the
  guest that can hook into qemu.  This would probably be the best

  There are probably not a lot of qemu developers interested in trying
  to write the helper app.  Not exactly an interesting job.  But since
  it is a significant usability problem, and many users would see this
  as a major oversight, I suggest leaving this bug open long-term as a
  hint so that some volunteer later looking for something to do might
  take pity on everyone and write this helper app.

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